KT, the second-largest mobile operator in Korea, has said that it will release a new smartphone (SPH-M8400) sourced from Samsung Electronics by the end of this year. The unit will offer 3W connectivity-WiBro, WCDMA and Wi-Fi.
The M8400 is the second WiBro smartphone following Samsung’s SCH-M8300 model, which was released for SK Telecom customers in May. However, the M8300 does not support Wi-Fi connectivity despite SK Telecom’s WiBro service coverage being very limited compared to KT’s.
KT said its “3W” smartphone will boost wireless Internet usage, especially in hot spots where the phone can access Wi-Fi through its public Wi-Fi service, “Nespot” zone. KT also plans to expand its Nespot coverage to spur wireless Internet usage. Further, KT’s M8400 smartphone will permit VoIP (Voice over IP) access to save on calling charges for its customer.
As a new growth engine, the wireless Internet will replace voice calling service as the important product for mobile operators, KT said. To promote wireless Internet use, KT plans to focus on several diverse efforts, including lowering the data service charge, providing various terminal releases, introducing 4-screen service (mobile phone, Internet, IPTV, and VoIP terminal), and opening a marketplace for wireless Internet applications.
Courtesy: Telecoms Korea.